Four new fire engines were delivered to the Long Beach fire department on June 28.
The engines, which were made with stainless steel and have fiberglass doors, are meant to replace the department’s old trucks, which were damaged during and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Besides a stainless steel exterior, which should hold up against salt water, the engines were made with raised electronics to avoid exposure to flood water, a raised air intake and exhaust and a water-resistant battery box.
Before these engines were delivered, the Chief’s Office of the department had tried for months to repair the damaged trucks to no avail. Several engines could not be fixed and in the meantime, the office was forced to borrow fire engines from other departments across the island.